Given the play of the Green Bay Packers linebacking corps over the past couple of weeks, it’s blasphemous to say that the Packers haven’t seemed to have missed a beat without their star outside linebacker Clay Matthews.
But we know better than that.
The Packers wouldn’t have coughed up $60 million to invest in Matthews if they didn’t think he was one of the best, if not the best, at his position in all the league.
That’s why it’s great news that Matthews may be getting the pins taken out of his thumb (did you know he had pins placed?) as soon as this week.
At least that’s what Matthews told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
“I’m hoping for the best, but it was a unique break,” Matthews said. “I’m praying for the best when they take [the pins] out. It could be as early as Philadelphia. It could be as late as Thanksgiving [at Detroit]. Hopefully, there’s nothing unforeseen when they do that.”
We’re hoping the same. After all, we know that thumb will be pretty important to the Packers linebacker when he attempts to latch on to quarterbacks in future games.
Matthews broke his thumb Oct. 6 in the home game against the Detroit Lions. Surgery was completed the very next day and he was projected to be out for at least one month. There was much consternation as Matthews, Nick Perry, Brad Jones, Robert Francois and Mike Neal were all injured over the course of the next couple of games, leaving the Packers perilously thin at the linebacker position.
However, with Andy Mulumba, Nate Palmer, and Jamari Lattimore filling in admirably, the Packers are in excellent shape moving forward. With all of those players, with the exception of Francois, scheduled back with the team over the course of the next few games the Packers will have a wealth of players who now have the game experience needed.
And with Matthews back on the field within the next couple of weeks, the Packers will be stronger still.